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"Waste Cooking Oils" Exporters Registration

EPD welcomes parties engaging in "Waste Cooking Oils" (WCO) export activities to apply for EPD Registered WCO Exporters.

 

Example of WCO Exporters
 
  • Local company which exports WCO to Europe for industrial uses

 

 
Eligibility Criteria
 
  • Applicants should hold a Business Registration Certification issued under the “Business Registration Ordinance” (Cap. 310) (unless the applicant satisfies the exemption conditions set out in the “Business Registration Ordinance”)
  • Applicants should provide all contractual agreement(s)/document(s) between applicant and overseas importer(s) on export of WCO and these documents should be valid at least for the coming 6 months [The agreement(s)/document(s) should: (1) specify the WCO exported will only be used for legitimate industrial uses and not for human consumption; and (2) provide detailed information including address(es), contact information (e.g. telephone/fax number, email address) of the overseas processing facility(ies)/organization(s) which will process the WCO concerned as well as the associated processing process(es) (e.g. used for biodiesel production) etc.]

 

How To Apply

Application form can be downloaded here.

The duly completed application form should be submitted with copies of the following documents:

  • Valid Business Registration Certificate (unless applicant satisfies the exemption conditions set out in the "Business Registration Ordinance" (Cap. 310))
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if the applicant is limited company)
  • HKID card/passport of responsible person
  • Photographs taken inside and outside each WCO warehouse (if the applicant stores WCO in warehouse(s))
  • Relevant address proof(s) (e.g. electricity bill, water/sewage charge receipt in recent 3 months etc.)
  • Accreditation certificate(s) of related environmental management  schemes (if any)
  • All contractual agreement(s)/document(s) between the applicant and overseas importer(s) (on ecport of WCO) which shall be valid at least 6 months [The agreement(s)/document(s) should: (1) specify the WCO exported will only be used for legitimate industrial uses and not for human consumption; and (2) provide detailed information including address(es), contact information (e.g. telephone/fax number, email address) of the overseas processing facility(ies)/organization(s) which will process the WCO concerned as well as the associated processing process(es) (e.g. used for biodiesel production) etc.]

by post or in person to the following address: Waste Reduction and Recycling Section (4), Environmental Protection Department, 5/F, Centre Parc, 11 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Application Assessment

Upon receipt of the application, EPD or the organization(s) authorized by EPD will check if the applicant submits all necessary information. 

EPD or the organization(s) authorized by EPD may request the applicant to provide supplementary information or make clarification as necessary. Based on the information provided by the applicant, EPD or the organization(s) authorized by EPD may request the applicant to arrange a site visit for staff from EPD or the organization(s) authorized by EPD to observe the applicant's actual operations. The objective is to assess whether the applicant fulfills registration requirements and has adequate capability to handle WCO properly.

The time for application assessment depends on whether the applicant can supply all the required information and documents and cooperate with EPD or the organization(s) authorized by EPD in the on-site assessments. In general, application results will be announced in batches within 1-2 months after the site assessment has been completed.

EPD will issue a registration certificate with registration number to each successful applicant. Besides, successful applicant's information (remarks: information marked with * in the application form) will be uploaded to Registration Lists at EPD's website. EPD will also inform unsuccessful applicants of the outcome with justification(s) by letters.

 

Good Practice Guide

To facilitate WCO exporters to comply with the registration requirements, EPD publishes “Good Practice Guide for Registered WCO Exporters” (Chinese version only). The Guide provides guidelines on WCO export, record keeping and etc. Exporters should ensure their operations are in compliance with the registration requirements stated in the Guide, otherwise EPD will take necessary follow up actions (e.g. revoking their registrations etc.).

 

Validity of Registration/Application for Registration Renewal

Registration will be valid for 2 years. If registered parties wish to maintain their registrations, they should submit an application for registration renewal at least 1 month before the end of valid period of their registrations (application form can be downloaded here). Past performance of the registered party will be taken into account by EPD in considering the renewal application.

 

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